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ATKINS, Anita Dr. Anita H. Atkins, age 86, of Jupiter, FL, and formerly of Long Island, NY, and Philadelphia, PA, passed away on July 29, 2018, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She will be remembered as a distinguished physician, loyal friend, and loving partner. Anita had a long and highly distinguished medical career and was considered a pioneer in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She graduated from Adelphi University in 1953, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 1957, and received a postdoctoral degree from PCOM in 1961. Anita founded Atkins Associates, one of the only practices built by a woman to serve women. During her 33-year career, Anita delivered thousands of babies and held numerous positions. She was on the attending staff of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Suburban General Hospital, Metropolitan Hospital, and Sacred Heart Hospitalall in the Philadelphia area. She also worked as adjunct faculty at PCOM and Chairperson of the Division Obstetrics and Gynecology at both Suburban General Hospital and Metropolitan Hospital. During this period, Anita rose to significant official positions, including Executive Committee Member at both Suburban and Metropolitan Hospitals and Program Director of Residency Training at Suburban Hospital. She served on the Board of Trustees and as the Vice President, President and Past President of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She concluded her vast service to the College in 1986 as a member of the Postdoctoral Committee. Of particular note, Anita was the first woman to perform laparoscopic gynecologic surgery. Her professionalism and visionary leadership earned special recognition: a Distinguished Fellow Award in 1990 and a Distinguished Service Award in 1996 from the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. A lifelong golfer, Anita was a member of Manufacturers' Golf and Country Club in Fort Washington, PA, and in 1972 became the 7th member of the Turtle Creek Club in Tequesta, FL. She was a former chair of women's golf and interclub play at Turtle Creek. Driven to excel in her professional and personal life, Anita won the Turtle Creek Club championship and made three hole-in-ones. Anita is survived by Theresa "Terrie" Kenney, Jupiter, FL, the love of her life for 28 years. Her nephew, Kevin Atkins, Weeki Wachee, FL, also survives her. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Henrietta and Benjamin Atkins and her brother, Benjamin Atkins of Tampa, FL. A woman of many talents, Anita inspired all those around her. Much loved in life, she will be sorely missed by those who knew her. In accordance with Anita's wishes, no formal service will be held. Anita was very grateful for the medical care she received, especially from Dr. Sarah McLaughlin and doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, and from Dr. Elisabeth McKeen and the staff at Florida Cancer Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Anita asked that memorial donations be made to: Mayo Clinic, Breast Cancer Research, Dept. of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (www.philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donatemc) or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (www.giving.MSKCC.org), P.O. Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD 21741.
Published in The Palm Beach Post from Aug. 12 to Aug. 15, 2018
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